Archive: Around Town

MOVE! – Art & Fashion Extravaganza

MOVE! into October with fabulous fashion & art courtesy of the new downtown mall, Battery Park City’s own, Brookfield Place. Home to luxury staples DVF, Burberry, Vince, Scoop & Babesta, who will all participate in the interactive MOVE! experience. Kicking off Friday, October 2nd, at 12pm the event will last all weekend pairing designers and artists.

Talk about a true selfie, “Pose”, matches Diane Von Furstenberg and Ryan McNamara creating an original wrap-dress donning you! McNamara’s art has been displayed in local museums such as the Whitney and MoMa. Playing with gender, “Crossover” plays with the transformation of females to males and vice-versa with a little help from Cos Bar featuring Yves Saint Laurent Beauty products and artist James Kaliardos. To earn a special (yummy) treat, Le District is taking “singing for your supper” up a notch. Learn a choreographed dance from artist Elana Langer in “Dance Deal” and a pastry snack will be yours.

Babesta will be celebrating the event with two opportunities (including opening day) for participants to add their artistic flair to our store windows! One window will feature a painting-on-denim communal project to celebrate the newest fashionable stroller, the denim Diesel x Bugaboo collaboration! The other will feature an image by illustrator James Gulliver Hancock and participants will get to color the image themselves. Both art pieces will be displayed through the month of October in Babesta’s window. Visitors can participate & enjoy the art, nibble on some snacks and sip a wine or juice box.

Brookfield Place
250 Vesey Street
Friday 10/2 & Saturday 10/3 12PM – 8PM
Sunday 10/4 12PM – 7PM

Museum Day: “Sneak”-ing in Hip-Hop Culture

Pierre Hardy. Poworama, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; Gift of Pierre Hardy. (Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum).

Pierre Hardy. Poworama, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto; Gift of Pierre Hardy. (Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum).

Lace up your kicks and pop across the East River for the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit. Brooklyn Museum is conducting a study of the flyest footwear and its role in urban social status. Discover when sneakers were first worn and why Air Jordans mark a pivotal shift in the world of the sporty shoe. Divided into 6 sections, this display gives insight into how sneakers became downtown cool personified, nodding to hometown Knicks superstar Walt “Clyde” Fraiser, hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and haute brands Jimmy Choo and Lanvin; all of whom have a foot in the world of sneaker culture collabs!
Through October 4th 2015, Brooklyn Museum

by: Pia Finnigan

New Kiddos on the Block: Babesta Beat & Bugaboo at Brookfield Place!

bugaboo runner

We had a wonderful time at the Brookfield block party this weekend where the Bugaboo Runner was the star of the show at the Babesta booth. Handing out the latest edition of the Babesta Beat on a gorgeous Sunday, it was the perfect weather to chat with some downtown locals (tourists too) about our new store at Brookfield Place and the hottest items out this fall season. After taking a relaxing spin around the block party parents were ready to learn about the new Runner and how to stay active with their baby. Lively parents you do not have to compromise your daily jogging routine since Bugaboo offers two options for the Runner; adding the new edition to your stroller portfolio or simply attaching the runner extension to your existing Bugaboo Bee / Bee³, Bugaboo Cameleon³, Bugaboo Buffalo or Bugaboo Donkey. Not to fret, if you could not make it to Battery Park City this weekend, you can still test out the Bugaboo Runner with our loaner program in store (Tribeca Cribz/Brookfield Place). Also fresh in the F/W 2015 edition of the Babesta Beat are the stylish paper dollz (already a fan fave), ready to get decked out in their Babesta best!

babesta beat brookfield bugaboo

by: Pia Finnigan

Published Words of Tribeca Street Artist Robert Janz

post no bills poems

Looking for a Monday Night event to get your culture fix? Look no further than right here in Tribeca! Street artist, Robert Janz and longtime Tribeca resident, is having his art compiled into a book (the first time his painted words have been published). A native of Ireland, the 80+ year old still has to dodge cops, but is able to escape the law on a few technicalities. His street art riffs on “Post No Bills” combining words, animals and even mountains (i.e. Post No Hills) to create his poems and artwork. By using washable paint and drawing on existing graffiti (strictly speaking), expressing his viewpoint without spoiling any public property. Carini-Lang Carpets on Greenwich Street is launching the collection of Janz’s handiwork, seen around town since 2011, with the Post No Bills Poems, which captures 7 photographers interpretation of Janz’s art. You can also order your copy of Post No Bills Poems online and next time you are out and about give your local streets and extra glance.

335 Greenwich Street

robert janz

By Pia Finnigan

Hudson River Trail is Calling You

Make this Sunday an active day outside soaking up the last rays of September sunshine. Begin the morning by testing out a Bugaboo Runner (or runner extension if you have your own) from the Babesta booth at Brookfield Place’s Block Party, going on 11:30-4:30pm.

Babesta Block Party

Borrow-a-runner for a few hours and see downtown’s Hudson River Park attractions in a whole new light. With so many exciting nooks & crannies throughout lower Manhattan’s answer to Central Park, you might forget to keep running. The family friendly trail is chalk full of activities and sights, so we narrowed down the best spots south of Chelsea Piers.

Esplanade North Cove

In order of appearance:
1. Begin by catching a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty
2. Bump, set & spike: the volleyball courts at North Cove (between Liberty & Vesey streets) are open through November.
3. Keep the game going by playing on the Rockefeller Park Basketball Court (between Warren & Murray streets). Younger kids can slide & swing through the playground.
4. Teardrop Park (Warren street): is ready to go for the water play fanatic.

Teardrop park

5. North End Ave Island Dog Run (between Warren & Murray streets): has separate spaces for big dogs and little doggies.
6. Pier 25 at N Moore Street:
a. Mini Golf-Grab a club & putt over, under and through waterfalls, streams, a pond, foot bridges, sand traps and a cave too.
b. Grand Banks-If all this running around has whetted your whistle (seafood anyone?) why not grab a bite while experiencing some history. Chow down at Grand Banks, a restaurant aboard the Sherman Zwicker, also known as the last original salt bank fishing vessel in existence. Delish eats plus bonus points for helping to support maritime preservation.
7. Catch an organized sporting match at Pier 40 (Houston Street): indoor/outdoor & rooftop fields offer a variety of fun sports.
8. “Everything” by Hanna Liden (at Christopher Street): Public Artwork’s tasty & attention grabbing sculpture that attracts kids and adults alike. Fun Fact: Liden chose bagels to illustrate the “eternal cycle of city life.”

everything bagel (photo cred)
(We spotted this awesome picture by By Aria Isadora/BFA in VF Culture)

9. 14th Street Park (near Chelsea Market): All you need is a blanket to claim your spot chillin’ along the Hudson.
10. Chelsea Piers (17-23rd streets): Enjoy limitless options from Bowlmor to shopping to the Field House.

Hope you enjoyed your run along the Hudson River Trail! Don’t forget to run (or jog) back!

by: Pia Finnigan

Slip ‘N Slide toward the weekend!


Haven’t quite found the right way to beat the heat this summer? With July coming to a close and the “dog days” of summer ahead, we may have found your go-to spot! A giant water slide is coming to downtown Manhattan, Foley Square, for three Saturdays in a row, beginning this weekend!
Indulging in this refreshingly glorious way to cool off (270-feet of water slide), is part of Slide in the City’s partnership with Summer Streets, the annual festival where the people of the city take over their own streets!  Stretching from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, people in NYC can enjoy their own backyard for walking, biking, partying and now sliding!
All activities, stretching 7 miles along Park Avenue (and connecting streets), are free and open to participants of all ages from 7am-1pm! For a ride on the water slide register ahead of time online. Then get ready to slip, splash, slide and most importantly cool off!


Bugaboo Runner Loaner Program at Babesta

bugaboo runner_final_frontWe are excited to announce that starting Thursday, July 16, Babesta will be offering the Bugaboo Runner  for loan, so you can try before you buy and see if a running stroller is for you! We think you’ll be amazed at this performance stroller accessory that can transform your Bugaboo Cameleon, Donkey, Buffalo or Bee into a running machine! Only offered from our Brookfield Location (strategically placed along the city’s premier running trail along the Hudson River), reserve your date and take it out for the day!  Loaners go out in the morning and have to be in by sundown!

Join us tomorrow, Thursday July 16 for snacks, live demos from the Bugaboo expert team, and make your reservation! We have 2 Runners that will be able to reserved daily through the fall! Happy Trails!
Reserve yours by emailing or come in to Babesta at Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street, NY, NY /  +917 388 2683.


“Along the Way” w/ Brooklyn’s KAWS

 KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

New York based designer, KAWS is sharing his art with his own ‘hood this summer. The Brooklyn residing KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, is bringing his sculptures and paintings to the Brooklyn Museum. KAWS, who previously worked for Disney, is displaying his take on familiar cartoon imagery, which are reminiscent in the main attraction; “Along the Way.” The two eighteen-foot-high wooden sculptures are a colossal greeting to visitors as they enter the museum. They will be hard to miss in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion & Lobby. KAWS, who began his career as a graffiti artist, has a growing fan base as his artwork was showcased in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This latest exhibit also includes the paintings GLASS SMILE (2012) and SHOULD I BE ATTACKING (2013).

Gallow Greens Encourages a Magical Adventure

The McKittrick Hotel, known for Sleep No More, is opening its rooftop to the elementary school set. Enter Gallow Greens, the rooftop brunch destination, and you are no longer in Manhattan, but in a fairy tale complete with potions and gardening galore. The Chelsea based hotel is hosting a Potions & Planting event for children, six Sunday mornings this summer through September 12th. Adventurers aged 6-11 are invited to this summer spot for an educational and enjoyable outdoor experience. Head to the rooftop, right off the High Line, to a place where getting your hands dirty is encouraged! Hurry to buy advance tickets because some dates have already been sold out.potions

Gallow Green

Welcome to Raneytown!


raneytownJourney to the world of Raneytown! We were reminded of imaginative artist, Rebeca Raney’s, hand-painted artwork when she gifted us Friendship rocks (made with matching colors to share with your friends). The imaginative, Brooklyn-based artist, has branched out from sketches to assemble a collection of goods that now include one-of-a-kind bags, wallpaper, note cards and more. Filled with a whimsical cast of characters, Rebeca’s designs have been displayed around the world from Miami to Japan.
Teaming up with Uprise Artist, Ms. Raney has opened her pop up shop in Nolita at 171 Elizabeth street. Stop by an exhibit of signature sketches on display at Babesta Cribz to enjoy some of her earlier works.rebeca raneyrebeccaraney

by: Pia Finnigan